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  • Successful ‘Have a Heart’ campaign

     

    Oak Ridge Utility District’s Harrison Arnold, left, Sasha Benjamin, center, and Nikki Bradley celebrate the success of ORUD’s “Have a Heart – Heat a Home” fundraiser to raise money for a program that helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service. Call ORUD at 865-483-1377 for information about contributing to the program.

  • Murray, Williams on bank’s board

    Citizens First Bank has added Vander J. “V.J. Murray of Oliver Springs and Larry D. “Tubby” Williams of Lancing to its board of directors.

    The two will be assets to the bank’s board and management, said Billy M. Rice, Citizens First president and CEO.

    “Both men are very well known and know many citizens in the communities being served by the bank,” Rice said. “Also, both men and their families are very active in serving the communities by being members and supporting social groups and activities in the area.”

  • Kingston bed, breakfast named among nation’s 10 ‘most romantic’

    Love is in the air at Kingston’s Whitestone Country Inn.

    The inn, at 1200 Paint Rock Road, and its 360 picturesque acres along Watts Bar Lake make it an easy choice for those wanting to make an escape with a special someone.

    Now, Whitestone has an official place among the nation’s most romantic settings.

    American Historic Inns and its iLoveInns.com website have named Whitestone as one of its “10 most romantic” inns in 2014.

  • Helping business with festival site
  • Kingston CPAs merge with Nashville firm

    Representatives of Kingston’s Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C. have signed a merger agreement with Collinsworth, Bright and Co., P.C., of Nashville.

    The accounting firms will now operate as Uselton, Clay and Bright, P.C. — or UC&B.

    UC&B is a full-service accounting firm able to provide comprehensive tax, accounting and financial services that encompass nearly every aspect of business and personal finance, including taxation, accounting and auditing, valuation, business management and other such services.

  • TCAT offers staffers’ years of service to school

     

  • Roane jobless figures steady

    Roane County maintained a 7.2-percent unemployment rate through November and December, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s down from the 7.5-percent rate the county registered in December 2012.

    The latest figures show that 24,500 in the county’s 26,410-strong workforce were employed during December.

    The state rate, at 7.3 percent, and the national 6.5-percent national rate fell 0.1 percent during the month.

  • Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

     Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Charles Tyler Morris of the Harriman store was honored for his work with fire departments in Harriman, Midtown and Rockwood; as well as volunteering with Operation REACH, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Roane County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Devan Franklin for her work with Lenoir City First Baptist Church and South Harriman Baptist Church.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Big-city offerings not as vast as China New Buffet

    “I drove 12,000 miles to enjoy my fourth time to eat at China New Buffet in Rockwood,” Bobbi Abbey said.

    “I’ve been so impressed with the food and prices.”

    Bobbi grew up in Rockwood and now lives in Wisconsin.

    On our recent “Out to Lunch” adventure, she and her parents, Bob and Jonell Cundiff of Rockwood, were seated in a booth across the aisle from my wife, Carol and me.

    Bob is a retired salesman, who called on East Tennessee auto body shops for their replacement parts needs.

  • ORUD Valentines help heat homes

    Proceeds from Oak Ridge Utility District’s special Valentine’s Day gifts help area families stay warm.

    ORUD’s annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” program raises funds for Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

    Through the program, ORUD offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts. All proceeds from the purchase of those gifts go to Project SAFE.